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Baden-Powell Council Woodbadge Course
August 18-20, 2017 Camp Barton 
September 8-10, 2017 at Tuscarora Scout Reservation

Woodbadge is the premier BSA training for adult leaders. Have you been to Woodbage yet?

See the Training Page for details

Does your Unit have a website or Facebook group/page?

If so, check out the Cub, Scout or Venture/Explorer web page on this site, and if there's no link to your page please send our webmaster an e-mail  so we can let the world know. The more links to your social media, the more likely it is that you'll pick up new members from it!

Opportunities for District Units at Cornell and Ithaca College 
Hockey and Basketball Games

Cornell Athletics is offering three upcoming opportunities for Scouts to attend a sporting event at the University. The first two opportunities will be coming up on January 20th and 21st as the Cornell Hockey team battles Clarkson and St. Lawrence. Tickets are $10 for Scouts in uniform and can be obtained by calling the box office at at 607-255-4247

The next opportunity will be on Friday, February 24th as Cornell Basketball battles Penn at 7:00pm. Scouts in Uniform get in for free, and families of Scouts can get in for a $5 general admission fee. Scouts in attendance will be recognized during a timeout.

Ithaca college invites all Scouts to a Basketball Doubleheader on Thursday, February 16th with a Women’s game at 6pm, and the Men’s game at 8pm. Scouts will be able to have a “scrimmage” on the court during halftime of the women’s game. For more information or to let us know you are coming contact Brandon at 201-566-7027. Tickets are no charge..

University of Scouting
March 18th

The Catalog and Registration Forms for this wonderful day of training are now available on our Training Page. Printed catalogs were handed out at the January Roundable and can be obtained from the Council Office, or from our DE. 

Our new district Coat of Arms...

Our new District Chair, Liam Murphy, has created a Coat of Arms for the Taughannock District. In keeping with his expertise in Celtic Heraldry, the new arms have a shield quartered in red and white. Clockwise from the upper left, the symbols are the Scout fleur-de-lis, a dragon for Cortland County (SUNY's mascot), a Mallard Duck (of course), and a bear for Tompkins County (Cornell's mascot). The shield is supported by a Thumb Stick (traditional Scout walking stick), which also hangs a Scout campaign hat. Under the shield, there's a scroll bearing the Taughannock District Latin Motto - "Quantem autem quisque non lactaverunt", a sentiment we can all support..

Well Done Liam!

You can download the Coat of Arms here: Large or Medium Size

Taughannock District Day of Planning
January 28, 2017
Dryden Village Hall

Our annual Day of Planning is when the Taughannock District plans out its calendar for the next 18 months. We'll be reviewing the current schedule and setting new dates through July 2018. This is your chance to have an input on our District's goals and activities for the coming Scouting years!

For information, contact the District Chair at chair@TCScouts.org

Please note that the date of the planning day has been pushed back three weeks from the originally scheduled date to avoid conflicts. 

Welcome to Jim Lupfer, Baden-Powell Council's new Program Director

Welcome to our new Program Director Jim Lupfer. Jim is joining us from the Greater Niagara Frontier Council where he served as a District Director. Prior to that Jim was employed by the Westchester-Putnam Council in Hawthrone, NY. Jim has acted as the Staff advisor for the last 3 Jamborees, and has experience with Day Camps and Woodbadges as well. 

Welcome to the Baden-Powell Council Jim!

Baden-Powell Council Recognition Dinner
Saturday, February 25th, 2017, 6:00–9:00pm
First United Methodist Church of Chenango Bridge
704 River Rd, Binghamton NY 13905

Please join us as we celebrate all of our amazing volunteers for all they do to make our scouting program a success! The Council Recognition Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 25th at 6pm at The First United Methodist Church on River Rd. in Chenango Bridge.

Spend some time socializing with your fellow friends and scouters, while enjoying an evening of refreshments and delicious catered dinner for just $15.00 Please see the attached flyer for additional details.

Nominations are still being accepted until January 10th for the following prestige awards:

Download a flyer here (PDF)

If you know of an amazing volunteer that may not qualify for the above awards, but has gone above and beyond for the scouting program please reach out to Cub Scout Associate, Stacy Hall.

Happy Holidays from, 
Baden-Powell Council Recognition Committee

Wilderness First Aid/CPR/AED Training Courses
March 3-5, 2017
Freeville United Methodist Church

See Training Page for details

Cub Scout Advancement Changes Effective December 1st

National has announced major changes to the Cub Advancment requirements - see the Advancement page for details

Ham Radio Licensing Course - an Opportunity for Taughannock District Youth and Leaders

I received the e-mail below from a ham (and former Scout) with the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association. You, or one of your youth members, might be interested in getting an amateur ("ham") radio license, and this course is a great way to do it. There is no age limit to get a license, so any youth member in any of our programs could earn one. I've been a ham operator since I was Scout-aged in 1968, and having a ham license has been very useful to me over my years in Scouting. When I was Scoutmaster of Troop 80 in Cortland we had times when almost all of our adult leaders were hams, as well as a number of committee members and Scouts. We were able to use ham radio to coordinate our spring trips, and it came in very handy on campouts and hikes. And, of course, there's Radio Merit Badge for the Scouts...

Yrs in Scouting,
Mike Brown, WB2JWD
District Commissioner

In January 2017, the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Association will conduct a 9 week class leading up to the FCC Technician license exam in March. Attached is a PDF file with the general information about the class. We wish to encourage scouts to use the course to earn the Radio merit badge as well as getting the Technician license. Parents are encouraged to attend as many sessions as they wish. 

For more information, see the Tompkins County Amateur Radio Club website - tcara-ny.org/become-a-ham

Pre-register by email to Greg Lawrence, tcara.license.class@gmail.com

Greg, W2JWM 
Troop 249 Long Island (1964-1968)

Download a flyer here (PDF)

Ship 25's newest Quartermaster
Callie Kaplan-Wright

Ship 25 is pleased to announce that Callie Kaplan-Wright has passed her Board of Review for the Sea Scout Quartermaster Award. She is pictured here with her father and Troop 13 Scoutmaster, Bill Wright. Callie is known also as a Camp Barton staff member and served as the 2016 Helmsman coordinator at Camp. 

She is currently enrolled at SUNY Geneseo and looks forward to continuing on with Ship 25 and will be holding the position of Mate. 

For more information on Ship 25, visit their website at www.ithacaseascouts.org .


Council Mall Show - February 4th

There will be a Mall Show and Pinewood Derby on February 4th at the Oakdale Mall.
For more information see our Activities page

2017 Journey to Excellence Worksheets are Available

You can find them on the Advancement and Recognition page

Taughannock District Welcomes its new
Senior District Executive and Cub Scout Associate

The Baden-Powell Council has appointed Christian Averill as Senior District Executive. He will be responsible for serving the both the Taughannock District (Tompkins and Cortland Counties) and the Chenango District (Chenango County), effective November 1st. He will be responsible for supporting the Boy Scout, Venturing, Exploring and Sea Scout programs in the two districts, as well as working with District-level volunteers on the District Committee and Commissioner Corps. Christian has been serving the Chenango District for some time as its DE. 

Stacy Hall is currently serving the Cub Scout programs in the two southern districts of the Baden-Powell Council - Hiawatha and Delahanna. She will be moving  back home to work in Taughannock and Chenango Districts as Cub Scout Associate, as soon as a replacement can be found in her present positions. This should be accomplished by the end of the year. 

Until our two new professionals are settled in, the Council Field Director, Frankie Sears, will continue to help with the district.

Both Christian and Stacy can be contacted through the DE@TCSCouts.org e-mail address. 

From Sea to Mountain Top: Ship 25's Summertime Adventure

From the ocean to the highest mountain peak in the northeast, Ship 25-NY enjoyed some true high adventure this summer. Twenty Two people traveled over an 8 day period enjoying adventures across Maine and New Hampshire.

Read more on the District Scrapbook!

Calling all Aviators!

Aviation Explorer Post 62 - East Hill Flying Club, Ithaca Airport

If you know anyone between 14-20 years old who is interested in flying, invite him or her to come to our meeting and join Post 62!

You can find more information and our annual calendar on our web page, and also on our Facebook page. For ongoing information,  join our Google Group. If you're interested, send an e-mail to Mike Brown or call 607-844-8584.  

Our Cub Scouts had a great time at 
"Camp Cretaceous" - 2016 Camp Barton Cub Resident Camp

Click on the picture or here for the whole story and more pictures!

Ship 25 at the NYGARD Regatta
Scotland, Maryland - May 28-30, 2016

The 51st annual NYGARD Regatta was held over Memorial weekend in Scotland, Maryland. 
Read more about it, with more pictures, on the District Scrapbook.

Merit Badge Counselors: Renew Online

In late November, all Merit Badge Counselors received a letter from the Baden-Powell Council asking them to re-register. 
The letter said that counselors could re-register through the Council website. Counselors can also re-register through this website.
See the Advancement Page for instructions and a form. 

Venturing Leader Specific Training Released

From BSA National: 03/02/2016

Connecting volunteers to the learning content they need when they need it is the purpose of the new BSA LearnCenter. New Venturing content has been added to the learn center consisting of 14 e-learning modules. It provides training on key topics such as selecting youth officers, building a crew budget and annual program planning, making it possible for Venturing leaders to complete position specific training online.

Position specific training is delivered in three parts, or learning plans. Each learning plan is designed for the specific position and is recommended to be taken before the first meeting, within the first 30 days, and within 90 days. The training program is self-paced, allowing volunteers to complete their training at their own pace. 

Training is found on My.Scouting.Org under Home, My Dashboard, My Training, or, click the Position Specific Training image on the right side of the home page.

Are you getting The Link

The Baden-Powell Council has begun sending out a bi-weekly e-newsletter called The Link. 
If you did not receive a copy recently, then you should sign up through the Council to get on the mailing list!

BSA National Websites for Scouting Information and News

 Scoutingwire (not to be confused with Scout Wire) is a resource for all Scouters. The URL is http://scoutingwire.org/ and you can subscribe to regular updates. 

Scouters in Taughannock District units should consider signing up - it looks like it should be a great resource. The Winter issue of The Commissioner newsletter is one of the first articles.

You might also be interested in the blogs from BSA National:

BSA National's Recruiting Materials Website

Try http://www.scouting.org/Home/Marketing/Recruiting_Build.aspx
and http://scoutingwire.org/marketing-and-membership-hub/ 
for flyers, posters, cards, yard signs on the latest National BSA recruiting theme.

Materials to help with your unit's recruiting efforts

Peer-to-Peer Business Cards

The best recruiters for your unit are your present members! Prospective Cubs or Scouts will be much more likely to take a look at your unit if they're asked by someone their own age. National has provided forms for  Peer-to-Peer Business Cards you can use for your unit. Print these cards on pre-perforated Avery 8371 or Staples 12522 Business Cards or the equivalent, or print on plain 8½x11" card stock and cut them to size on a paper cutter. Hand them out to your youth members and let them give the cards to prospective recruits!

  • Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Boy Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - two sided, the back side of these cards can be filled in with an invitation to a specific event PDF

  • Happy Halloween Cub Scout Peer-to-Peer Cards - with Taughannock District website and e-mail - PDF

Ithaca School District Flyer Policy

All Ithaca units who are considering distributing flyers through the Ithaca School District should review the School District Flyer Policy.
Especially note the disclaimer which is required to be on every flyer

Advancement and Recognition News

  • Cub Advancement News: There were major changes effective December 1, 2016. See our Advancement page for more information. 
  • Scout Advancement News: 
    • 2016 Boy Scout Advancement Requirements became mandatory as of January 1st, 2017! Scouts must now switch to the 2016 requirements. See our Advancement page for more information.
    • Life to Eagle Training will be offered at several roundtables throughout the year. See the Advancement Page for details.  
    • Merit Badge Counselor List: Download the latest list from the Advancement page
    • BSA introduced a number of new merit badges:  watch our Advancement page for details as they become available! 
      • Sustainability - released July 15, 2013

      • Programming - released July 15, 2013

      • Digital Technology (replacing Computers) - released April 16, 2014

      • Animation - released May, 2015

      • Mining in Society - released February 24, 2014

      • Signs, Signals and Codes - released February 26, 2015

Activity and Program News

See the Activities Page or Camping Page for information on upcoming events. 

We're off to the South Seas for our Winter Camporee!
January 21, 2017

See the Activity page for details

District News

  • District Day of Planning is coming up - January 28th - this is your chance to have an input into the District's future! 

  • Help Wanted - Experienced Scouters wanted for Taughannock District Committee positions. Openings in:

    • Activities (Cub, Scout and Venturing)

    • Advancement (Cub and Scout)

    • Finance

    • Membership

    • Commissioner Corps - especially Ithaca and Cub Roundtable

  • Long hours, no pay, great job satisfaction. This opportunity won't come again (until next week), so act NOW! Contact the District Executive or District Commissioner, or e-mail to info@TompkinsCortlandScouts.org 

Council News

Former B-P Council President Mark Kreibel 
is 2016 Silver Buffalo recipient

The 2016 Silver Buffalo Award class includes 13 Scouting volunteers whose contributions to our movement on a national level are deserving of the highest recognition the Boy Scouts of America can give to adults.

These 12 men and one woman join the prestigious list of Scouters who have received this award since 1926.

The list includes massive names in Scouting (Robert Baden-Powell, “Green Bar Bill” Hillcourt), Hollywood (Walt Disney, Jimmy Stewart), sports (Yogi Berra, Archie Manning) and politics (Gerald Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson).

And it also includes Scouters whose names you don’t know but whose impact you can see and feel.

The men and women who wear the Silver Buffalo pendant suspended from a red-and-white ribbon have diverse backgrounds but are united by their commitment to the Scouting movement.

As a Scouting volunteer for three decades, Mark Kriebel has lived out his belief that a single individual can change the life of a youth forever. In fact, he has changed the lives of thousands of youth, most of whom will never know his name.

Kriebel’s most visible service has involved jamborees. He has been a national jamboree subcamp, base camp and regional chief and twice served as a world jamboree regional chairman. In preparing for the first world jamboree after the 9/11 attacks, he worked tirelessly to assure parents that their children would be safe halfway around the world.

As the inaugural chairman of the BSA’s New Unit and Retention Committee, Kriebel oversaw development of the Unit Performance Guide, which unit-serving professionals across the country use to extend and strengthen the Scouting program.

Kriebel has also served as a regional vice president, area president and vice president, and council president and vice president. He has taught at the Philmont Training Center seven times and has served on countless camp visitation teams.

A lifelong Rotarian, Kriebel has spoken to clubs on six continents about how service to youth is critical to Rotary’s success. He is the incoming president of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians, which promotes cooperation between Rotary and Scouting.

A Distinguished Eagle Scout and Order of the Arrow Vigil member, Kriebel has received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards. He is a James E. West Fellow.

Kriebel is the president of Arranged Sound Inc. He holds a bachelor degree in communications from Ithaca College.

Kriebel and his wife, Pat, have two children (including one Eagle Scout) and two grandchildren.


See the Baden-Powell Council website

National and International News

BSA Announces two new members of the National Key 3

At the Annual Meeting in May, the Boy Scouts of America announced that new a National President and National Commissioner would be taking office. 

Randall Stephenson, 
BSA's 36th national president.

Stephenson, in the BSA’s official release about his election, called the BSA “one of the best character-building and leadership development organizations in the world.”

“The values Scouts learn as young men — integrity, selflessness and self-reliance — are fundamental to a strong, healthy society,” he said. “It’s no surprise that so many of America’s leaders, in every field of endeavor and from all walks of life, have Scouting in their backgrounds.”

Stephenson, in his volunteer role, joins Chief Scout Executive Mike Surbaugh and National Commissioner Charles Dahlquist to form the National Key 3.

Stephenson takes the leadership baton from former defense secretary Dr. Robert M. Gates and will serve two consecutive one-year terms. Stephenson has been a friend of Scouting and pivotal BSA leader for some time. He joined the BSA National Executive Board in 2005 and became a member of the executive committee in 2008.

He served as chairman of the 2013 National Jamboree — the first at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Surbaugh thanked Gates for his leadership, saying “we will remain eternally grateful to you and your unwavering leadership and commitment to Scouting.”

Surbaugh then expressed his enthusiasm for working with Stephenson over the next two years.

“Moving forward in our mission to serve America’s youth by teaching them leadership and developing their character, Mr. Stephenson is a shining example,” Surbaugh said. “As the leader of one of the world’s most innovative communications companies, Mr. Stephenson will help us fuel our effort to bring fresh, relevant and high impact experiences to youth and families.”

Charles W. Dahlquist
BSA's Tenth National Commissioner

The transition of a National Commissioner is rarer than that of National President and Chief Scout Executive. In fact, Mr. Dahlquist becomes only the tenth National Commissioner in the movement’s history, following Tico Perez, who previously served in the role for eight years. In this volunteer role, Mr. Dahlquist will lead efforts to help chartered organizations and BSA leadership achieve the aims of Scouting to benefit 2.3 million youth members the BSA serves today. 

A member of the National Executive Board from 2004 – 2009 and again commencing in 2015, Mr. Dahlquist began his adult service to the BSA in 1975 when he became a Unit Commissioner in the National Capitol Area Council. He was also a Cub Scout, Boy Scout and Explorer in Boise, Idaho as a youth. Dahlquist is a former Scoutmaster and Explorer adviser and has also served as vice president of Exploring and as Council President of the Great Salt Lake Council of the BSA. He has previously received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Silver Buffalo awards as well as the National Venturing Service Award and served as assistant head chaplain and head chaplain for the 2005 and 2010 National Scout Jamborees, respectively; as well as the contingent chair for the BSA’s participation in the 2015 World Scout Jamboree in Japan.

“Scouting, in all its programs, is more relevant and needed by youth and families today than ever before to help develop character and leadership that will empower this generation to face the challenges of the future.” said Mr. Dahlquist. “I am honored to build on the tradition that Tico Perez established before me to serve as the National Commissioner to continue to strengthen the bonds between the Boy Scouts of America and our charter organizations that deliver the program in communities nationwide.”

A Utah native, attorney and civic and community leader, Charles Dahlquist has also served as Young Men General President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Chair of the General Church Scouting Committee from 2004-2009 and served as a Mission President for the LDS Church in the Germany Hamburg Mission.

“The energy that Charles Dahlquist brings as the incoming National Commissioner uniquely reflects his deep understanding of the instrumental role our many valued charter partners play in bringing Scouting to life for youth across America,” said Mike Surbaugh, BSA’s Chief Scout Executive. “We look forward to the powerful impact we know Charles will have in this role as he further grows and strengthens relationships with our charter partners.”

Mr. Dahlquist assumes the position as national commissioner immediately.

What's New? Updated Content on the District Website

  • December 28, 2015 - The Council Merit Badge Counselor list on the Advancement Page was updated

  • January 9, 2016 

  • January 20: 

  • March 1:

  • March 23: Note on updated requirements for Cooking Merit Badge

  • April 17: Added pictures from Awards Social to Scrapbook

  • May 22: Added photos from Fly-o-Ree

  • June 2: Added information on new Field Director, Silver Buffalo Mark Kreibel, Field Director Frankie Sears, link to online renewal for Merit Badge Counselors; also added Dave Gross' photos from Fly-o-Ree

  • June 16: Added photos from Ship 25's NYGARD Regatta

  • Sept 10: Added photos from Cub Resident Camp

  • Sept 14: Added information about the Fall Camporee - Added page for Post 62

  • October 18th - Added photos and story about Ship 25's summer activities to Scrapbook 

  • November 18th - New content on Advancement Page:  Merit Badge Counselor list updated - added links to 2017 Journey to Excellence worksheets

  • January 4, 2017 - Training Page updated

  • January 8th - note on new program director added to announcements

  • January 14th: Updated unit contact information and added links to Facebook Pages and groups to Cub, Scout and Venture/Explorer web pages and Forms and Resources page; added lists of District Committees to Contact page; Updated information for Winter Camporee on Activity page;

Ever wonder how many different Council and District patches we've had? 

Is your collection complete? Mine isn't, but it's close. Take a look at this page and see which you're missing (or I am).

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